Our Care Team

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Christie

Registered Veterinary Technician

Christie’s devotion to helping animals is as strong today as it ever has been. She attributes her lifetime passion of helping animals to a neighbor. When she was a young girl, her neighbor allowed Christie to follow her around watching her treat and care for her many cats and horses. Christie is a graduate of the Maple Woods Veterinary Technician program.

Upon graduating from the technician program, she worked locally before joining Ark in 1996. She is truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing team here and enjoys the variety that comes with this profession.

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When you need help Christie’s training and experience can be counted on to get your loved ones back to health. She is a vital extension of the total team approach to your pet’s care.

Christie is a lifelong Kansas City resident. When not at work, Christie enjoys spending time with friends and family, photography and traveling. Christie found her cat Gilligan just outside her house. Gilligan begrudgingly shares his space with Skylar, a Poodle mix. Christie cannot imagine not being greeted by these characters when she arrives home.

Anna

Registered Veterinary Technician

Even as a young child, Anna knew that she wanted to work with animals. She grew up on a farm that included cattle, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, and many barn cats. Her mission as a child was to tame all the barn cats and give them all names.

Her passion for animals led Anna to the veterinary field in 2007. Anna attended Maple Woods Community College and graduated with a degree in veterinary technology.  Anna began her career at Ark Animal Hospital as a registered veterinary technician in 2015.

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Since joining the team at Ark, Anna has developed a special interest in canine physical rehabilitation, as well as continued interests in emergency medicine and wellness care. You will often find her in our rehabilitation room, leading dogs through strengthening exercises and managing the underwater treadmill.

At home, Anna has a cute guinea pig named Finn. Finn loves to eat yogurt treats and bananas. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, and working on classic cars.

Rachel

Registered Veterinary Technician

Rachel’s love of animals started with a trip to Sea World as a child. Instantly she wanted to become a dolphin trainer. Throughout the years, she changed her mind to a veterinarian, a marine biologist, and even an Egyptian scientist! After high school, Rachel started work at a veterinary hospital and finally decided that becoming a veterinary technician is what her heart was set on.

Rachel is proud of her husband Eric who is in the Marine Corps. His career meant they were able to see a lot of new places and she was able to experience several different veterinary hospitals in the process! Before getting settled in Kansas City, Rachel earned her Associates of Science degree and completed her veterinary technician degree in 2015 while living in Muscatine, Iowa.

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In 2016, Rachel moved to the area and started work at a local animal hospital. She had a special interest in surgery (especially orthopedics) and animal behavior, which brought her to Ark in July of 2017! Rachel is excited to begin training in ultrasonography as well.

Rachel and her husband Eric have two children, Harlie and Hunter. They are joined in the house with 3 dogs, Chloe, Trapper, and Kinnick, and 2 cats, Bailey and Cheerio. There is never a dull moment in this very full home!

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Ruby

Registered Veterinary Technician

Ruby’s passion for helping animals blossomed when she was a little girl who took in strays. In return for a home and food, her kindness was rewarded with unconditional love. What more could you ask for? She would curiously watch veterinarians do their exams on her pets and she decided to be just like them. Through the college years, Ruby discovered becoming a Veterinary Technician was her true calling. This landed her at Maple Woods Community College where she attended their Veterinary Technology program. She proudly graduated in 2015 with her Associate’s in Applied Science. Eager and determined to expand her skill set, she found a welcoming opportunity at Ark this past September.

In her free time, Ruby enjoys snuggling up to a good book or pizza or both! Family, friends, and animals are her foundation and motivation. She considers dancing to be an amazing stress reliever and lets the music melt away her worries.

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Ruby is the biggest cheerleader for her son, Ricky, in his current fight with Leukemia. She also has another son and daughter, Damien and Amoriana. Congratulations to her recent engagement with Roberto and gaining two bonus daughters, Alexis and Adriana. To finish rounding out her awesome family, she has two rats named Ducati and Diablo, and a cat named Dave The Baconator. (Who was rescued in a Wendy’s drive-thru!)

Jessie

Medical Staff

Jessie grew up with a love of all animals. Her childhood home had pets, including a crazy cat, pocket pets, fish and always a Labrador retriever or two. She always wanted to work with animals.

Her love of animals eventually led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman State University. During her time at college, she studied animal behavior, physiology and even completed a large game capture and conservation class in South Africa. After moving to Liberty after college, Jessie continued her training by working with a veterinarian.

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Jessie joined Ark’s medical staff in 2007.

To give you and your pet the attention you need, Jessie is a highly trained extension of the doctors. For you to understand how your pet can be helped the most she is an excellent client educator.

To provide painless, noninvasive diagnostics for your pet she has devoted hours of continuing education to enhance Ark’s diagnostic ultrasound capabilities.

Jessie’s husband Tony is a high school engineering teacher. Jessie and Tony have one young son, Quinn, who makes them smile and laugh every day. In any free time Jessie has that is not spent with her husband and playing with her son, she loves to read, game, and dabble in writing, drawing and photography.

Jessie has five (yes, five!) cats at home. Jessie and her husband bottle-fed and hand raised littermates Coal, Onyx and Ember. Coal is the handsome boy who is always on the lookout to steal any food left out. Onyx is the family’s ‘dog-cat’ who loves belly rubs. Ember is a cuddlier who loves to fetch hair ties. Tali was adopted from a shelter, and she is the resident queen of the universe. Moe is also a rescue, and while he is not the brightest crayon in the box, he does love everyone. Without them life would be less interesting and laps would be cold.

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Katie

Medical Staff

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Mikayla

Medical Staff

Mikayla’s love of animals started when she was a young child and considered her grandparent’s golden retriever her best friend. Throughout the years, Mikayla has had 20 pets, including dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, fish, and a mouse! She knew very early on that she wanted to work with all kinds of animals.

Mikayla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Missouri University of Science and Technology in December 2019 and hopes to continue her education studying veterinary medicine at University of Missouri, Columbia. She joined Ark in March 2020, and loves being a part of such a passionate team.

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Teresa

Medical Staff

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Candice

Medical Staff

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Emma

Medical Staff

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Sabrina

Medical Staff

For as long as I can remember, I have always had such a tremendous passion for animals. They have my entire heart. Getting involved in rescue and medicine was an easy decision to make. I love seeing the progress animals make whether it’s medically or behaviorally; and getting the opportunity to play a part in that and witness it firsthand is such a treasure. About a year ago, I got the honor of doing Freedom Drives for Always and Furever, which is my favorite little red barn on earth, and they are the reason I got so passionate about rescue. Just recently I got accepted into Outreach and have joined them in assisting families who need a little extra help providing for their pets, and there is nothing more rewarding. Interacting with animals has always felt so raw and wholesome to me.

Growing up, my parents continually told me that I had a gift with animals. I would always try to communicate or bond with any animal I came across, I wanted to be that person that they could trust. Working with animals is nothing short of a blessing, and along the way it has taught me an abundance of empathy and patience. At home, I have the sweetest Pitbull named Wanda, a Siamese cat named Chicken, and a Chihuahua named Ducky; they are my pride and joy. I have never loved anything more. When I’m not working, I enjoy exercising, writing, and taking photos. I’m also a major coffee connoisseur.

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In 2019 I went skydiving and instantly fell in love with the adrenaline rush. Since then I created a bucket list full of things that terrify me so I can continue pushing my limits and forcing myself outside of my comfort zone. I am very adamant on completing every single thing on my bucket list, as well as traveling the world as much as I possibly can. In the future, I plan on becoming a registered technician to further my knowledge in this field and allow my passion to completely blossom.

Melanie

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Melanie was known for bringing home stray animals as a child, always wanting to care for them and give them all homes. Growing up she had a Great Dane named Dee Dee, a Poodle named Pepper, a Doberman named Dobie and a beautiful white cat named Sugar.

To make your visit as easy as possible, Melanie is there to schedule an appointment, keep vital health records up to date and find the answer to any question. Melanie strives to give all clients peace of mind and keep all pets happy.

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Melanie is very close to her family so spending time with them is important to her. She enjoys baseball games, disc golf, camping, going to the city market, eating local cuisine and traveling. Melanie is currently undergoing a healthy life change, which includes rigorous workouts and healthy eating. Melanie has been married to her highschool sweetheart for many years. They are the proud parents of two sons.

Melanie has a boxer named Freya. Melanie loves Freya’s expressive ears, big brown eyes and her silly personality. If there was not a pet in Melanie’s life, she would miss the unconditional love and acceptance that a pet gives.

Jenna

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Jenna has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. Her childhood home was always filled with pets. Ducks, turtles and rabbits joined the dogs and cats on her own little farm. Since the age of 18, Jenna has been working in a veterinary clinic. She worked in central Illinois until a few years ago, moving to the Kansas City area for her husband’s job.

Jenna handles the care and comfort of the pets here boarding or playing in dayschool as well as being an integral part of our receptionist team. Her favorite part of being a part of the team at Ark is dayschool, playing with the dogs, and watching the puppies grow!

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She is sure to be the one to give extra pets and love to all the pets staying with us, treating each animal as a member of her family. She is also our super cleaner, taking pride in keeping our facility clean and welcoming.

Jenna is married to Gavin, and they have a wonderful daughter named Bristol. They love spending time together and with extended family. In her free time, Jenna loves traveling, fishing, baking, and going to water parks. They also share their home with two dogs and two cats, who Jenna calls her four legged kids. Hank is a German Shepherd mixed dog with a heart of gold. Minnie is a rat terrier mix, and although she is small, she is definitely the boss! Cash and George are the feline members of the family, and love to play and cuddle. Her life would be boring without her crazy fur kids to keep her on her toes!

Dana

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Dana played veterinarian as a child. She transformed the bathroom into an exam room complete with a sign “The Doctor is In”. Dana showed love and compassion to all animals by taking in injured and orphaned puppies, kittens, birds, turtles, squirrels and bunnies, caring for them till they could return to normal life activities.

Dana received her associate’s degree from Maple Woods Community College. She worked her way up from kennel attendant to receptionist and Financial Services Manager. She has also completed the requirements to participate in Delta Society and R.E.A.D. programs.

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This allows her to visit people in care facilities and encourage children with their reading. If you need anything, Dana is ready with a servant’s heart.

She is involved with all areas at Ark. She enjoys working with a team of like-minded individuals that want the very best for their own pets and clients pets. She wants to make a difference in each pet’s life. It is her deepest desire to educate others in how to better the life of God’s creatures. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, fellowshipping at Avondale Baptist Church, singing in the choir, and leading music at City Union Mission. Other interests include Rodeo, fishing/boating, outdoor work and traveling.

Dana Shares her home with Clawdia, Gracie, Tom and Jerry. Clawdia is a three legged cat that has personality plus, enjoys the screened in porch and wrestling with her 4 legged family members. Gracie is a vibrant Boston Terrier that enjoys day care at Ark with her Bff’s and road trips. Tom and Jerry were born here at the clinic and bring lots of joy to Dana’s life.

Brianna

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Brianna has been surrounded by loving pets her whole life, and has a great deal of love and affection for animals. Growing up in Kirkland, Washington, she helped take care of the family Cocker Spaniel, Winston, and a variety of hamsters. Always with a big heart, she sometimes arrived home after school carrying a cage with the class guinea pig in it (forgetting to ask her mother first.) She loved going to horse camps every summer, where she rode the horses as well as groomed and fed them. Since her life has taken her to Liberty, Missouri, she is now in a busy household with many animals including two mastiffs who sing to her each morning (asking her not to leave), a corgi mix, two cats, a snake and three bearded dragons.

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Brianna loves caring for the pets at Ark, whether being boarded or in day school, feeding, giving baths, cutting toenails, and playing with them, making sure they are comfortable and happy. As a new part of the receptionist team, she is learning how to help things run smoothly, greeting and checking in pets. Brianna is thrilled to be a part of Ark Animal Hospital, and is excited to pursue veterinary technician school and making the care of animals her life work.

Jenna H

Pet Care Advocate

Jenna was born and raised here in Kansas City. Growing up she loved all animals and insects and will never forget when she finally got her very first pet, a lizard she named Spike. In 2001 Jenna’s family rescued a stray dog that lived in downtown KCMO, who they named Lizzy, and her life was changed forever! After graduating from Liberty High School in 2015 she has enjoyed exploring different career paths, focusing on caring for people, children, and now pets.

Although her love for things with exoskeletons and many legs has changed, she cannot imagine her life without furry friends. Jenna has 4 dogs, Lyla a Shih Tzu, Honey a Mastiff mix, Gracie a Terrier mix, and her newest addition Beesly who is a mixed breed. Her favorite thing is coming home to kisses, wagging tails, and lots of barking.

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In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking and cooking, movies, and reading.

Kara

Pet Care Advocate

Kara grew up in Topeka Kansas with three sisters and a variety of family pets ranging from guinea pigs to Arabian horses! There was never a dull moment growing up! Kara has had a love for taking care of animals ever since she can remember at the age of two. This love for animals helped Kara in her younger years to overcome extreme shyness. She remembers her schnauzer Gretchen, as her best friend who was always there for her.

Kara comes from a background in Property Management, helping people find the perfect place to call home. Recently, she decided to make a career change and combine her enthusiasm and love for helping both people and animals. Kara is one of Ark’s Pet Care Advisors, assisting clients with making the best wellness decisions for their pets’ overall health.

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Kara currently lives in Smithville with four horses; Shot of Cuervo, Cowboy Junkie, Painted Daisy and Wildheart, four dogs; Muncie, Hollywood, Dolly and Lina, three cats; Tiger Lily, Doppler Radar and Fostoria and her supportive husband, Doug! Kara’s #1 passion is caring for this menagerie, many of them rescues and in their golden years. Kara enjoys spending time outdoors, riding her horse on the trail, four wheeling, planting flowers, being on the lake and enjoying time spent laughing with family members and friends.